SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for help to raise pheasant chicks.

The division said it wants to bolster the state's pheasant population before the hunting season begins in November.

The agency is asking Utah residents to adopt the chicks in May and raise the birds until fall, when they will be released into wilderness areas established by the division.

Officials in spring will give out 3,000 one-day-old chicks, both roosters and hens, from a commercial bird grower.

Officials will schedule their release on state wildlife and waterfowl management areas, as well as private land that is accessible to public hunters.

Temporary bird owners choosing to participate in the program must cover the costs of feeding, vaccinating and housing the birds.